For Henry.


Hi good evening everyone, this is Lou Rudd updating you on day 61 of the expedition. So, a very different day for the team today. Yesterday, we arrived at the base of the Roberts Massif, which is a large rocky outcrop and high point right at the head of the Shackleton Glacier, and we camped at the base of there. We’ve been waiting really, as a team, for the right opportunity to conduct a memorial service for the late Henry Worsley. We wanted a really good location to be able to do that, and certainly the Roberts Massif looked ideal and very promising.
So, at 10 o’clock this morning, myself and James headed out on a recce, to try and scale onto the top of the peak to have a look, and so we headed out, and we were working our way up, we actually fell into a crevasse, up to our armpits, but we were suitably equipped, and able to extract ourselves. We carried on, on crampons, with some safety gear, and gradually worked our way up, right up onto the real high point on the Roberts Massif. And when we got onto the top, it was absolutely spectacular. The views were incredible. We could see a big section of the Shackleton Glacier, and also the Zaneveld Glaciers, and then we had huge, sweeping panoramic views, right out across the Polar plateau, back towards the South Pole, and the surrounding Trans-Antarctic Mountains. It really was a unique view and spot. So we decided this was the ideal location and the appropriate place to conduct a suitable memorial for Henry.
We then called the remainder of the team up, the other three guys. It took them a couple of hours, from leaving the tent, to work their way up and meet us up on the peak. And once we were assembled on the peak, we then did a very appropriate memorial for Henry, and all his Polar achievements. It was a really good setting and a great ceremony. And we’ve left a suitable tribute as well, which hopefully will stand the test of time for Henry. The full details of that will be revealed on our return to the UK.
So once all that was complete, we worked our way down. The weather really started to come in as we were making our way off the peak, so we got it all done just in time. A big storm has now come in, which is forecast to be here for the next couple of days. So we got back to the tents about 3 o’clock, got in, and the wind had been building all afternoon. This evening now it’s starting to gust 35-40 miles an hour, and forecast to do that throughout the day tomorrow, so the anticipation is we’ll be hunkered down for the day tomorrow, just to ride out this blizzard, and then hopefully it’s forecast to start easing later in the day on Monday. The we’ll hopefully be able to start making progress down the Shackleton Glacier. We now sit only 73 miles from our planned pick-up point on the Ross Ice Shelf, and the base of the Shackleton Glacier. So, depending on conditions of the day, obviously we want to get moving, potentially about five days away once we get rolling, from completing the full traverse. That’s all from SPEAR17 for today. Onwards.

6 thoughts on “For Henry.

  1. Sophie Butler

    So moved to read this Lou. But what a wonderful thing to do for Henry. Ed and I are following you every day and hoping you can reach your goal.


  2. Sophie Butler

    Very moved to read about your memorial for Henry, Lou. Ed and I are following your expedition with admiration ….. and sadness as we think about Henry this time a year ago. I hope the storm blows through and you can reach your goal.

  3. Accounts crew

    So moving, and it must have been so hard for you Lou. Henry would be so very proud of you and your team. I am sure that He is watching over you all.
    Keep safe and batten down the hatches until the weather clears. Onwards

  4. Lucy

    Reading this was so moving!
    I’m so glad that your close though,just keep moving ONWARDS and you will get there!!!
    Have a great time on the rest of your expedition! My class are looking on your website every day

  5. Damien Gildea

    Hi Lou & team,

    Well done on your trip so far and on achieving such a great memorial for Henry. I spent time talking with Henry at the Pole in January 2012. He had been going through my book, with a view to one day climbing something in the Transantarctics. We kept in contact afterwards as he hoped to get back there and climb one of the big peaks nearby one of the hauling routes. That you guys managed to do this is fantastic. You’re also the first Pole sledging team to ever take time out to climb one of the Transantarctic summits – well, at last since Amundsen wandered up Mt Betty 105 years ago! Well done again, and all the best for the rest of the journey.


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